Originally Posted by 90's Clay
Exactly.. The 2nd or 3rd best of Pete's era came up 6-8 slams shy of Pete's record, and nowheres even CLOSE to his overall accomplishments
2 words. WEAK ERA
When Federer was dominating everyone and no-one was close to him, that proved a weak era. Now Nadal is closer to him than Sampras's rivals, the argument is changed.
In answer to the OP question, of course he is a GOAT candidate. He was one of the best players of all time on 2 out of 3 surfaces, that alone make him a candidate. Though I don't beleive anyone can claim to be the GOAT. so it's all moot
but Sampras is one of the greatest of all time.